RBS 70 NG: A Battlefield Gamechanger


Saab’s new and flexible RBS 70 NG VSHORAD,  based on the very successful RBS 70 Very Short Range Air Defence Missile (VSHORAD) System, is a missile system with 24/7 all-target capability, developed for any combat situation. The new generation (NG) has an integrated sight, enhanced gunner aids, high precision, unbeatable range and unjammable laser guidance that combine to produce a ground-based air defence system with world-leading capabilities.

The RBS 70 NG, with its new concept and state-of-the-art technology, provides a highly flexible and long term solution to evolving Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) requirements. Saab’s all new RBS 70 NG firing unit developed for any combat situation is a versatile battlefield game changer that will provide a critical edge in the spectrum of GBAD.

With the latest generation of missile – the BOLIDE – the RBS 70 NG encompasses the complete air threat spectrum, from fixed and rotary wing aircraft to small targets such as cruise missiles and UAVs. With its shaped charge, armoured targets like helicopters and APCs can also be defeated.

Flexibility of design allows RBS 70 NG to be used for several tasks during the same mission. The man portable firing unit enables timely deployment from a chosen location or vehicle platform ensuring comprehensive air defence cover by strategic assets or maneuvering troops. In addition to this, the modular RBS 70 NG sighting system can be remotely controlled from a high mobility vehicle or ship integrated applications. Long-term static defence of strategic assets can also be achieved through a standalone remotely controlled configuration.

Most missiles in the VSHORAD category, with a few exceptions, use an Infrared Homing guidance system which has several disadvantages. Missiles can be defeated by counter-measures such as flares, and can encounter difficulty locking on to targets that are distorted by external heat sources such as the sun or burning items on the battlefield. The RBS 70 NG utilising state-of-the-art components and technology is unaffected by counter-measures, heat sources and clutter, providing a highly versatile air defence system.

Saab has offered the RBS 70 NG with the HARD radar as a perfect solution for the Indian Armed Forces’ VSHORAD program. Close cooperation with potential and existing RBS 70 customers, combined with Saab’s technical expertise and innovation, will ensure that the RBS 70 NG VSHORAD System will always stay ahead of the threats of tomorrow.